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114 minutes | 8 days ago
Episode 63 – Same Song, Different System
Comparing and analyzing differences is often done on XVGM Radio, but when it comes to the Same Song, Different System episodes, it’s on a whole other level! Today, Mike and Justin are doing a deep dive into the world of retro gaming video game music in a special free picks episode, but unlike most free picks that happen every 20th episode, we’re doing a comparison to other ports and versions of these songs! Mike attempts to serenade Justin with his best (or in this case, worst) Judy Kuhn vocal impressions, the guys chat about foreign 7-Up mascots, and discuss the highs and lows of songs that get arranged elsewhere. Welcome to XVGM Radio’s 63rd episode!
112 minutes | 22 days ago
Episode 62 – The Music of Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot games are often praised for their tight gameplay, innovative level designs, fun characters, and brilliant graphics...but the music, as usual, is the real all-star attraction on this week’s episode as the XVGM Radio gents journey to the Wumpa Islands, and beyond! Mike hits on some crates wedged in between TNT, as he risks playing some truly oddball tunes whereas Justin plays it safe and platforms with ease on some of the most iconic Crash tunes heard in the series! Grab some wumpa fruit to snack on as you learn about some games you might’ve shrugged off because they weren’t the holy PS1 trinity, as Mike and Justin have some truly nostalgic and nutty fun with the music of Crash Bandicoot!
119 minutes | a month ago
Episode 61 – Spookyfest 2020!
It’s Halloween time! Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the guys had to, of course, cancel the “live” festival of previous years for something more….virtual. Mike and Justin picked 11 scary, haunting, creepy, and most of all SPOOKY video game music tunes that will put the stalk in your scarecrows….the flaps in your bats….the lasagna in your….fat cats? Well, you’ll understand when you listen. A ghoulish mix of modern and classic tunes will flood your VGM well, and in 7 days, you’ll STILL be jamming to 2020’s SPOOKYFEST!
105 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 60: Free Picks Trinity 三番目
After a bit of a hiatus, the XVGM Radio guys are back to their regular schedule, and what better way to start things off then with a bunch of random tracks?! Every 20 episodes, Mike and Justin flip a coin to decide the order of the next 20 episodes, in addition to playing free picks! […]
121 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 59 – VGM in Motion
Do you feel the wind in your hair as you drive across that bridge everyday while headed to and from work? Is the sweat beating down your brow as you jog to the rhythm of your favorite VGM? Or are helmets, wheels and safety gear involved in your jams from game land? Well this episode of XVGM Radio is right up your alley, as we journey through 11 fantastic tracks involving motion in video games. Move through the neon future with four Ninja Turtles of the Teenage Mutant variety, Hop across tall buildings as Faith in Mirror’s Edge, and rocket through the various machs with your Wipeout arcade race car...and there’s plenty more where that came from! Mike and Justin return to close out the first 60 episodes with an exploration of motion in sound. Put the top down, close your eyes and put it in park as you turn the volume way up to the sound of…..i...is that a woodpecker?!
123 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 58 – Chrono Trigger 25 Years Later – An Epoch Journey
It’s about time! Hailed as one of the greatest JRPG experiences of all time, and for good reason, Chrono Trigger’s the complete package for all gamers. Therefore, Justin and Mike bring in a special guest who not only is a huge fan of the game and it’s stellar soundtrack, but also named his podcast after a song title: Drew Mackie of Singing Mountain. Drew joins the XVGM Radio boys for a celebration of the ages, as they discuss the 25th anniversary of the game as of today (Yes, we’re breaking schedule to release on the official 25th birthday of Chrono Trigger!) What transpires is a nostalgic trip into the past full of name corrections, Mike sharing the track that made him cry, and of course our overlord Lavos screech discussions (Praise Lavos, of course.) Grab your Masamune, your bowls of Eyes Cream and prepare to howl with the Black Wind, as we celebrate 25 years of this milestone game!
127 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 57 – Zuntata
What do Karaoke Machines, bizarre PCM voice samples and shamisens have in common? They’re all points of discussion on today’s episode where Mike and Justin do a deep dive on Zuntata, the in-house composers and live band for Taito! Formed in 1983, Zuntata was largely carried by composers like Hisayoshi Ogura, though there were over a dozen members over the years, all of which brought us some of the best video game music ever! We’re taking a deep dive into the back catalog of Zuntata’s music from all different genres of gaming. So get ready to test your burger, meditate...meditation and hang out with Daddy Mulk and his casino, because the XVGM Radio guys are ready to rock!
113 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 56 – VGM Homework
School’s out and summer is all the rage...but that doesn’t stop Mike and Justin from challenging their minds when it comes to video game music! Back on Episode 54, Mike and Justin did an episode entirely on Continue themes in games, which was challenging to say the least. But now, they’re headed on a different part of their VGM studies by assigning each other some homework! Mike picks a game and Justin picks a track from that game, and vice versa. Each person also gives a brief explanation on why they picked the game they picked! The results are some engaging and exciting songs from games that the XVGM Radio guys would never typically pick for each other! Listen in as Mike shares his hatred of Axl from the Mega Man X series, Justin shares his love for Westerns, and Janine eats Triscuits from home since she has the night off! All on this educational yet entertaining episode of XVGM Radio!
113 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 55 – Mega Man Fan Game Music w/ MegaPhilX
Since the dawn of the internet, video game fans have gathered to celebrate their favorite franchises. One of the most dedicated fanbases is for Mega Man, specifically the classic series that started on the NES, and saw a resurgence on later generations like Mega Man 9 and 10 on the Wii, and more recently, Mega Man 11 on the Switch. But those classic 8-bit style games feature some of the best video game music ever; songs that we’ve all heard over and over again. So today, we wanted to spotlight some fan efforts, and boy did we find some fantastic tunes! We’re joined by Mega Man fan community member, co-composer, artist and creator of the Mega Man fan game juggernaut, Mega Man Unlimited, to showcase his game, and several others. Learn about his relationship with fellow composer and all star of the MM fan game universe, Kevin Phetsomphou and listen to Justin, Mike and Phil list their order of favorite classic MM games. Also hear some fascinating stories from Phil getting a paid trip to Hawaii on Capcom’s dime! All on this MEGA-powered up episode of XVGM Radio!
94 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 54 – Continue?
Continue themes in video games: Essentially a step stool to repeat a failure. But are these tunes worth revisiting outside of the gaming experience? Mike and Justin think so, and so they challenged each other to come up with a large assortment of some unique continue tracks. From discussions about songs that either sound like adult films or Japanese Benny Hill skits, to discussions about memorable continue screen visuals, this episode offers some unique songs and discussions that makes diving deep worth the plunge. Get ready to hit start before the timer runs out, because this is the Continue Theme episode!
109 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 53 – Sounds of the Sega master System
With Sega’s arcade ventures dwindling at the time, the Japanese arcade game maker decided to try their hand at making consoles, and eventually this led to today’s featured console, the Sega Master System. Called the Mark III in Japan, this PSG-based audio system (which also featured FM Synth in certain games) has always had a mix of somber or cheery sounding music. On today’s episode of XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin peel back the figurative shell of the console to bring you a dive into all regions worth of music. From in-depth discussion on the success of the system (in PAL regions and Brazil) and failures (North America) to chats about Mentos, notoriously bad Master System game cover art, SHHHOPELIFTERRR, Justin hearing Pac-Man sounds, and...Green and Pink Master System Consoles, wait...what?! This episode is jam packed full of tubular tunes and fun discussion.
119 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 52 – Run ‘N Guns
Get ready for some spreadshot, some rocket lawnchairs and discussions about Kevin Bacon-lookalikes dealing drugs, because XVGM Radio is blasting their way onto the scene with an episode focused on the Run ‘n Gun genre and it’s music! Often looped in with shoot ‘em ups and First Person Shooters (FPS,) Run ‘n Guns are more like action platformers that focus on blowing away everything in sight; and the good news is, they typically have amazing soundtracks! Mike and Justin grab their most tattered bandanas as they wax nostalgia for wreckless convertible driving, western motifs in games, Mr. BIG singalongs and of course: cheat codes! Get your thumbs ready to hit A-B-B-A, and Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-A-B on this cyberpunk lovin’, laser-shootin’ episode of XVGM Radio!
120 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 51 – Yooka-Laylee Back to the Fluture
When Playtonic Games set out to develop a new 3D Action Platformer in the vein of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie, they went back to the original composers who made those games sound so fantastic: David Wise (DKC) and Grant Kirkhope (BK.) But how did those games influence the sound with this new franchise […]
135 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 50 – Listener Requests
A Podcast is nothing without it’s listeners. That’s why Episode 50 is both a celebration for us AND a chance to celebrate YOU! We’ve been advertising this one for a few months now, and thankfully, you guys brought the goods. But instead of picking and choosing which tracks to play, we decided to just play them all! Janine, or favorite sweater and glasses wearin’ producer (Who also happens to be a Metroid) rolls the dice to see which of the 13 tracks go where on this epic episode of video game music. Ya’ll have great taste! Join us as we also bask in the nostalgia of 4 different commercials we’ve done for the show for the past (almost) two years!
106 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 49 – Licensed from the 80’s
Growing up in the 1980s, Justin and Mike latched onto tons of different IPs in various incarnations. From cartoons to movies and even commercials, the nostalgia of the 80s has never burned brighter for our generation. Even newer generations are looking back at the 1980s for everything from fashion to music. On this week’s show, the XVGM boys are listening to music from video games that took their licenses from the 1980s. With a surprising amount of sock hop 50s tunes, synth hits and blazing guitars, there’s a wide variety to listen to as Mike and Justin chat about the cartoons, movies, commercials and toys that made them who they are today! Plus, embarrassing stories, not watching the classics, and pizza requests, it’s gonna be a tubular audio journey!
143 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 48 – The Music of Final Fantasy VII (feat. Knight of the Round)
Hailed as one of the greatest video game experiences ever, Final Fantasy VII was a game changer. It revolutionized the Japanese Role Playing Game market and the art of storytelling in a video game at the time of its released. Now, almost 23 years later, we are about to see a remade version of the game that captured our hearts back in 1997. But on the eve of Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date, XVGM Radio sat down with Knight of the Round band member, Justin Taylor, to chat about the significance of the original game, it’s landmark music by Nobuo Uematsu, and showcase KotR’s latest release, a Metal-infused thematic cover album aptly titled: “SEVEN.” We’ll give you one guess what the theme is. From chatting about Cid’s character growth to the importance of Tifa in Mike’s teen years and Justin’s teenage confusion over numbering the Final Fantasy games back in the day. It’s a musical celebration of a true masterpiece, both musically and gameplay wise. Also, MAD Cait Sith hate!
101 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 47 – Konami Unleashed in the East! W/ Dan Laughton
There’s plenty of Konami classics that never made their way outside of Japan. We could probably do an entire episode like this featuring the Ganbare Goemon series! However, today we’ll be focusing our efforts on two shoot ‘em ups (SHMUPS, Shooters, Shmupdangos, whatever you wanna call them!) Falsion, a Famicom Disk System game that took use of the 3D Glasses that premiered on the same day, as well as Crisis Force, one of the final Konami games released on the Famicom. Both of these have stellar soundtracks that are worth sharing with the rest of the world. So let Mike and Justin take you on a wild space mission with special guest, author Dan Laughton. Learn about how real world physics apply to space battles, hear Mike and Justin travel from the future with California accents on a mission to save the world...and jam out to some awesome music on this episode of XVGM Radio!
108 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 46 – Reverse Picks!
When co-hosts pick tracks on a video game music podcast, it’s typically songs they enjoy. But what if you tried to guess which picks your co-host would pick? In this episode, Justin and Mike reverse their picks, allowing Mike to pick tracks he thinks Justin would enjoy, and Justin to choose Mike’s tracks. What follows is an enlightening episode that showcases the strength of how well the two hosts know each other, as we give our Producer-who-is-also-a-Metroid, Janine, a night off. No callers, just two hosts sharing and rating songs they think they other would pick.
90 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 45 -Series Spotlight on Rhythm Heaven w/ Nikotengoku!
In the mid-2000s, Nintendo threw their rhythm-based games hat into the mix with the Game Boy Advance Japanese exclusive, Rhythm Tengoku. The franchise eventually was brought to other regions of the world, and with it, a smorgasbord of tasty audible treats. From smooth jazz to ska to hip hop infused metal, this series has it all when it comes to musical genres! Screaming from the highest of high rooftops regarding his love of the series is none other than today’s returning guest: Niko, aka NikoTengoku, better known as the artist formerly known as Wiiguy. Niko, Justin and Mike sit down and chat about Niko’s streams featuring made up lyrics to a Rhythm Heaven song, Justin blanking out dog sound effects, and plenty of other hilarious moments!
149 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 44 – Valfaris w/ Composer Curt Victor Bryant
What oozes neon, smells of decaying bugs and gives you a neck injury? Why, it’s Valfaris, of course! Released in 2019, Valfaris brought a 1980’s Heavy Metal Magazine aesthetic to the run-n-gun genre, and along with it came an equally brutal, tranquil, and exciting soundtrack by Ex-Celtic Frost member, Curt Victor Bryant. It’s not everyday you get certified rock stars on the podcast, so Mike and Justin talked up a storm with the composer! From his beginning days in Switzerland at the jukebox, to his time in Celtic Frost, Curt lays it all on the line in this tell all episode that is currently our longest to date! We talk Energy Babes, heavy metal references, his injection of world and new age music into this thrash/groove/extreme metal soundtrack that will get the blood pumping!
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